In May 2017, after completing four years at the UH College of Pharmacy, 105 Pharm.D. students took the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX). When the exam was scored, 99.05 percent of UH pharmacy students had passed.
The results give the UH College of Pharmacy the highest passing rate in Texas and third highest in the United States. That is even as national pass rates on the exam, administered by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, have taken a downturn in recent years.
Pass rates for the NAPLEX dropped to 85 percent across the country in 2016. The decline has been variously attributed to the test format change – it’s gone from 4.5 hours to 6 hours and the number of questions increased from 185 to 250.
_No matter the differences, they only seemed to inspire students from the University of Houston. _
"Although we always aim for perfection in achieving a 100 percent first-time pass rate, the 2017 results are nonetheless an outstanding and impressive achievement by our Pharm.D. graduates,” said Pharmacy Dean F. Lamar Pritchard.